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Tourstub February 19, 2019

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Nice Visit California photos

Nice Visit California photos

Some cool Visit California images:

Walker Canyon Wildflowers
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Image by Beau Rogers
Since I’m waiting until Monday to visit California’s famous Anza-Borrego State Park, I’m trying to find some other, lesser-known places to photograph the #superbloom. My number one resource is the wildflower report at desertusa.com, and a recent post recommended Diamond Valley Lake, so I went there after not being able to find much information. I arrived at 5PM, which is a good time for photography, but not a good time for the security officers who were running everybody off while acting like they were beyond annoyed by nature-tourists whom want to witness this year’s amazing wildflower display. I almost gave up, but I checked my website again, and a place called Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore was about a 50 minute drive, so I went for it. I only had about 20 minutes to do my thing, but at least nobody ran me off like they did at Diamond Downer Lake. I even learned that the poppies don’t really open up all the way until around 9AM, so I’ve got everything ready for a return trip tomorrow. If I walk about a mile, I will supposedly see the best wildflower display in Southern Calfornia.

Venus visits California
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Image by moonjazz
When I took this silhouetee it was too bright but I loved the simple image of the goddess at the beach. She’s simple shaking the sand off her beach towel. As I looked at her lovely image I played with color tones and light curves to make a posterized version of this summer trip to the beach in southern California.

Me I Want a Hula Hoop
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Image by Vicki & Chuck Rogers
Photo by Chuck Rogers who like most everyone his age once mastered the hula hoop.

"A hula hoop is a toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs, or neck. Although the exact origins of hula hoops are unknown, children and adults around the world have played with hoops, twirling, rolling and throwing them throughout history."

"In 1957 the hula (also frequently spelled "hoola") hoop was reinvented by Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin(who died in 2002), founders of the Wham-O toy company. (The two had founded the company in a Los Angeles garage in 1948 to market the "Wham-O" slingshot, which was originally invented to shoot pieces of meat into the air, as a training device for falcons). The idea came from an Australian who had visited California who told Knerr and Melin about children twirling bamboo hoops around the waist in gym class. The new Hula Hoops were made possible by Marlex, a recently invented durable plastic."

"Knerr and Melin were unable to patent their vastly profitable "re-invention", as it had been in use for thousands of years; making the device out of a new material did not meet patent requirements of originality. They were largely able, however, to protect their invention by trademarking "Hula hoop"."

"After the hoop was released in 1958, Wham-O sold 25 million in the first four months and over 100 million in its first year. As the fad ran its course, Wham-O again struck lucky with the release of their Frisbee."

"To relaunch the Hula Hoop in the late 1960s, Wham-O staged a national competition in the US in conjunction with the National Parks & Recreation Network. The National Hula Hoop Contest (subsequently re-named the World Hula Hoop Championships) grew in scope from 500 U. S. cities in 1968 to over 2,000 cities in 1980, with two million participants. Competitors were judged on their performance of compulsory maneuvers (Knee Knocker, Stork, Hula Hop, Wrap the Mummy, Alley Oop) as well as freestyle routines set to music, establishing the roots of the contemporary freestyle Hula Hoop movement."

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